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Fire destroys $3,000 of net

A fire early Tuesday morning destroyed $3,000 of new fishing net, and authorities suspect arson. The fire started about 4 a.m. on a boat docked near Shrimp Landing in Crystal River, fire investigator John Reeves said. Someone apparently poured gasoline over the 500 feet of net and set it on fire, Reeves said. People sleeping on a nearby boat extinguished the fire and later told Shrimp Landing owner Bob Gill about the incident. The net was destroyed, but the boat had only slight damage, Reeves said.Lawyer to be circuit judge

INVERNESS _ Gov. Bob Martinez has appointed Leesburg lawyer Don F. Briggs a circuit judge in the 5th Judicial Circuit, which includes Citrus County. Briggs replaces Judge Earl W. Peterson, who will work in the 5th District Court of Appeal. Briggs, 38, is a former engineer and has been a lawyer in private practice since 1981. The 5th Circuit also covers Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties.

Teens robbed outside club

A group of youths threatened two Crystal River teen-agers and stole a $1,000 gold necklace and $10 from them Saturday outside a teen-age nightclub in New Port Richey, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. The male victims, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, were leaving No Daddy's nightclub at 4311 U.S. 19 about 1:30 a.m. when the incident occurred. One youth knocked the 16-year-old onto the ground and demanded his gold necklace, telling him that he would shoot him if he tried to run. About 15 to 20 teen-agers came over, and one of them demanded money from the 17-year-old, the report said. The investigation is continuing.